AJPH editorial: Populism threatens the public health response to COVID-19

November 13, 2020
In an editorial published in the American Journal of Public Health, doctoral candidate Caitlin Williams and Dr. Benjamin Mason Meier write that populist policies have hindered public health responses to COVID-19 and could have lasting consequences on health and human rights.

Planey pinpoints health disparities in COVID-19 testing and workers with disabilities

November 5, 2020
Geographic analysis can help identify those that are at higher risk of specific disparities due to social and geographic factors. Dr. Arrianna Planey is a co-author on two recent studies that used such analysis to identify potential health disparities in North Carolina and New York.

To reduce food waste, changes in date labeling, marketing and consumer behavior are needed

September 2, 2020
A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) identifies promising strategies for reducing consumer food waste nationwide, including a national campaign to change consumer behavior, federal standardization of food date labeling, and changes to retailer marketing and food service practices, among other measures.

Primary care providers have a role to play in the treatment of opioid use disorder

August 3, 2020
Policies have recently been expanded to encourage primary care providers to administer buprenorphine in the treatment of opioid use disorder – a strategy that appears to be effective according to a new study from researchers in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Most medical home care practices provide comparable quality mental health care, regardless of setting

June 22, 2020
Medical home care has been proposed as a solution to help those with serious mental illness use primary care more often, and new research from UNC has revealed that most medical homes provide a similar quality of care to these patients regardless of practice type.

Medical home care has mixed effect on patients with mental and physical illnesses, UNC research shows

May 27, 2020
For patients with both mental and physical illnesses, medical home care could decrease hospital admissions and increase access to outpatient services, according to new findings from researchers in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Study finds excess medical costs associated with metastatic breast cancer, especially among younger women

May 20, 2020
Medical costs for metastatic breast cancer treatment are considerably higher than earlier-stage treatments, especially for younger women, according to a new study co-authored by Dr. Justin Trogdon and Dr. Stephanie Wheeler.

Accountable care organizations struggle to integrate social services despite commitment and effort

April 20, 2020
Many health care organizations that adopt an accountable care organization (ACO) model seek to offer services that improve patient outcomes by addressing social determinants of health, but new research shows many of these ACOs face challenges in incorporating these social services despite commitment and effort.

UNC researchers propose new method for identifying core functions of evidence-based interventions

March 24, 2020
Putting evidence-based interventions into practice can be difficult when health care settings and populations differ from the original context of the intervention. A new study that includes research from the Department of Health Policy and Management tackles that challenge by proposing a theoretical framework that could enable effective adaptation into healthcare policy, practice and research.

When Chinese parents have to migrate for work, what happens to the children left behind?

March 13, 2020
Over the last several decades in China, millions of rural residents have migrated to urban areas for work. As parents migrate, they’ve left their young children behind with other family members in the countryside. A new study co-led by Dr. Sean Sylvia evaluates the effects of maternal migration on early childhood development outcomes.

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